Doolin–> Ballyvaughan–>Galway–> Connemara
First of all, Good Morning! And Happy Arthur’s Day! This is a HUGE holiday in Ireland which began in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Guinness Brewing Company. There are huge music festivals all over the country and I am a little bummed that Joe and I are just barely missing it. However, we will be celebrating at a local Irish Pub on the upper east side tonight 😉
On Sunday morning, we woke bright and early, had breakfast and checked out of the B&B. We set out on our drive to Galway, which is where we were meeting the rest of the wedding party for the welcome reception later in the day.
On our way, we came across a super cute village called Ballyvaughan, so decided to stop and walk around.
After roaming around a bit, we got back in the car and continued our journey to Galway. Once there, we checked into the hotel everyone was staying at.
Then we set out on a mission for Guinness and a hat for Joe.
We found both 🙂
We hurried back to the hotel to get ready for the welcome reception. It was taking place in the hotel, and it was so great to connect with everyone and hear all the different adventures people had on the their trips so far.
We hit another pub after dinner, but last call is at 11:30 in Ireland, so we weren’t out long.
The next morning, Joe and I went on a long walk through Galway, and over to Salt Hill.
We were told we had to get fish n’ chips at Salt n’ Pepper…we didn’t realize it was an hour walk to get there!
But, at least 2hour round trip walking burned off the fried food 🙂 Then, it was back in the car for a drive further out on the west coast to the wedding location – Connemara. The landscape along the way was phenomenal!
We had to stop for a few sheep traffic jams.
and I tried to sneak up on some- I just wanted to take one home…that’s a reasonable pet for a Manhattan apartment, no?
Since the sheep didn’t want to be caught, I found a dog friend that couldn’t run away from me.
I unpacked and took a quip nap while Joe went about Groomsman duties. Then we all convened in the dining room for dinner.
The meal was delicious and after a bunch of us stayed up chatting over drinks for a while. Then it was time to call it a night. Tomorrow was the big wedding and Joe and I had a big hike planned in the Connemara national forest!
Have you ever been to a destination wedding? Have you ever chased a sheep 😉 ?